Published On: May 21st, 2021Categories: Featured Applications

Nikon seeks to patent a distance detection device for measuring the distance to an object.

In this week’s featured patent applications, we cover the latest from Nikon, Boston Scientific, Merck, Medtronic, Roche, Mastercard, Intel, IBM, Apple, and Microsoft.

Nikon Files a Patent for a Distance Detection Device for Measuring the Distance to an Object by Irradiating Light

U.S. patent application, US20210148703, discloses a distance detection device that includes a first sensor configured to detect the attitude of a body of the range finder, a correction lens configured to be driven based on the amount of shaking detected by a sensor, a second sensor configured to detect the position of the correction lens, and a processing unit configured to determine an irradiating angle of light based on the detection results of the first and second sensors. The figure below depicts a configuration of the range finder.

Boston Scientific Seeks to Patent Medical Devices for Endoscopically Dispensing Agents

U.S. patent application, US20210145424, discloses an endoscopic medical device for accessing target sites and dispensing fluids and/or agents to the target sites. The device includes a propellant source containing fluids therein and an actuator to control the release of the propellant fluid. The figure below shows the medical device with the propellant fluid.

Merck Files a Patent for Formulations with a Low Content of Phenol Impurities

U.S. patent application, US20210151679, relates to formulations having an organic semiconductor and a solvent with less than 100 ppm of phenol type impurities for use in the preparation of electronic or optoelectronic devices.

Medtronic Wants to Patent Systems and Methods for Tracking Coagulation and an Ablation Catheter with Dual Optical-Electrical Stimulation and Sensing

U.S. patent application, US20210145416, discloses a method for preventing tumor seeding when withdrawing an energy delivery probe via an entry/exit path. The method includes incrementally withdrawing the probe through a tissue that traverses bone tissue and concurrently delivering bipolar energy to the surrounding tissue layer for thermal coagulation necrosis of cells. The figure below represents the probe positioned within an intervertebral disc.

Another U.S. patent application, US20210145515, discloses an ablation catheter having a distal tip electrode that is optically transparent and electrically conductive for more accurate optical and/or electrical evaluation of lesion formation and tissue condition before, during, and/or after treatment or ablation procedures. The figure below shows the cross-sectional view of an optical distal tip electrode.

Roche Eyes a Patent for Oligonucleotides Targeting PD-L1

U.S. patent application, US20210147535, discloses a method for treating viral and parasitic infections by parenteral administration of oligonucleotides that are capable of reducing the expression of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) molecules, by binding to PD-L1 mRNA.

Mastercard Seeks To Patent a System for Facilitating Cash Transactions at an ATM Without an ATM Card

U.S. patent application, US20210150508, discloses a system for facilitating cash transaction at an ATM of a first bank for a customer of a different bank, when an ATM card is not present and includes receiving a cash request by an acquirer containing a mobile number and an amount, matching the mobile number with an entry in a database and transmitting the cash request to an issuer.

Intel Aims to Patent a Dynamically Configurable Multi-Display System

U.S. patent application, US20210149485, discloses an electronic device having at least two displays with different display configurations, a camera to monitor a head position and eyes of the user, and a sensor to collect user-related data. A display adjustment logic to determine the intent of the user based on the head position, the eyes, or user-related data and change the display configuration based on the intent of the user. The figure below depicts the change of display configuration based on the user intent.

IBM Files a Patent Application Relating to Organizing Group Communications

U.S. patent application, US20210152506, discloses a method for monitoring the text conversation between users in a group and includes detecting messages that are related to the same topic and displaying the related messages adjacent to each other via a pop-up window or by rearranging the messages within the conversation. The figures below illustrate communication between the users and displaying messages that are related to a single topic in response to a prompt from the user.

Apple Files a Patent for an Electronic Device with a Sensing Strip to Capture Air Gestures

U.S. patent application, US20210149445, discloses an electronic device employing a sensing strip to gather air gestures from the fingers of a user and control operations in the electronic device using the air gesture input. The figure below depicts a scenario of the sensor strip capturing the hovering of fingers as air gestures.

Microsoft Files a Patent for a Method of Visualization of Sound Data in Gaming Applications/Services

U.S. patent application, US20210149445, discloses a method for executing a sound visualization application/service that dynamically generates graphical sound indications to provide a visualization of sound for content being presented. The sound visualization is generated without requiring access to any code of the displayed content and is implemented as an independent application/service or plugin that works universally.

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